Malware steals data from 2018: change passwords

Nord Locker analysts they found that hackers managed to steal 1.2T of sensitive information from more than 3 million users from 2018 to 2020, using a trojanized malware.

With this malware they managed to infect over 3 million computers with Windows.


Anonymous malware developers have gathered information from more than 3,25 million Windows computers. The data collected includes more than 2 billion cookies and approximately 26 million credentials from 1,1 million email addresses.

The malware was distributed through broken applications such as broken games, a tool for violating the license of the Windows operating system, and even through a broken Adobe Photoshop 2018.

Another method of distributing the virus was to embed it in emails and then distribute it via spam.

Malware is very effective as it is low profile and may not be detected while stealing data from user computers without knowing what is going on. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this malware is that it also takes pictures through the computer camera after infecting it.

What has been stolen:

More than 650.000 PDF and Word documents, 224.000 JPG images and more than 696.000 PNG files are included in the collection of stolen data. While more than half of all stolen documents are text files and software log files, the risk stems from the fact that some users have a bad habit of storing personal information, passwords and other types of private information in text files. Of course, these files are also in the hands of hackers.

Malware has stolen some 26 million login credentials on over one million websites. The stolen credentials belonged to site users in various categories, such as online gaming, online shopping, job search sites, social media, productivity tools, streaming services and e-mail services.

About 22% of the 2 billion stolen cookies were valid when they were found. Cookies give hackers access to a user's online accounts and can analyze them to learn the interests and habits of their targets. The top five sites in terms of the number of stolen cookies are eBay with over 1,9 million, Walmart with 2,62 million, Gearbest with 2,11 million, AliExpress with 4,81 million and Amazon with 3,5 million.

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